Ruth B. Colvin, 88, of Brookside Senior Living Community, Lowville, peacefully passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Jefferson Co. Hospice Facility at the Ellis Farm, Watertown, NY.
Born in Watertown on November 5, 1924, Ruth was the second child and only daughter of Marion (Vrooman) & Harold D. Berry. Ruth grew up, raised her family and spent the majority of her life in Copenhagen, NY. Ruth and her husband of 59 years, John F. Colvin, moved to Brookside in 1997 where they resided together until John’s passing in 2006.
A High School graduate of Copenhagen in 1941, Ruth married John F. Colvin on March 29, 1948. Following Ruth’s graduation from Potsdam Teacher’s College in 1947, she began her long career as an elementary teacher in Clayton, NY. Ruth taught the final 26 years of her career as an early primary teacher in the Watertown City School system. Retiring in 1982, Ruth entered this new phase of her life “on the go”, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and friends.
A talented and life-long seamstress, Ruth was an active member of the Tug Hill Quilters. Ruth handmade over 170 quilts for babies born at Lewis County General Hospital. Each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were given specially made quilts that will keep Ruth’s memory alive for the next generation.
Throughout her life, Ruth enjoyed traveling, shopping and spending time with family and friends. Ruth was a 70 year member and Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, the NYS Retired Teachers Association and the Potsdam Alumni and Copenhagen Alumni Associations.
Immediate survivors include Ruth’s daughter Marion R. McAuliffe (Kenneth) of York, Maine and son Mark T. Colvin (JoElaine) of Mexico, NY. Grandchildren include; Kathleen Reagan, Providence, Rhode Island, Emily Shields, Reading, Massachusetts, Kellie White, Mexico, NY, Matthew Colvin, Cortland, NY and Ryan McAuliffe of New York City. Ruth is also survived by six great-grandchildren; Detrim, Ella, Henry, Molly, Calvin and Natalie, her sister in law, Florence Berry and nieces and nephews.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, John F. Colvin, brother, Robert W. Berry and her son, Daniel J. Colvin.
Arrangements are with the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc. of Carthage and Copenhagen. A family memorial service will be held privately. There will be no public calling hours.
In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations be made to the Lewis Co. Hospice, who so lovingly provided care for Ruth over the last weeks of her life.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Watertown, NY
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